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U.S. Recognizes Somali Government

Feb 18th, 2013 al-Qaida, Current Affairs

After more than twenty years, the United States has officially recognized the Somali government in Mogadishu, according to BBC News and CNN.

In 1991, Mohamed Siad Barre was ousted from power, sending Somalia spiraling into political uncertainty. Civil wars broke out throughout the nation and a series of unstable transitional regimes made unsuccessful attempts to govern. In 2009, when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took office, Al Shabaab—a militant Islamist group with known al Qaeda affiliations—controlled most of Somalia’s coastal capital city.

But, as CNN reports, Secretary Clinton believes “unmistakable” progress was made when Somali security forces and military support from Uganda, Burundi, Kenya, and Djibouti on an African Union mission forced Al Shabaab out of Somalia. A new political structure has been implemented, illustrated in large part by the election of President Hassan Sheik Mohamud last September.

Secretary Clinton stated that Somalia’s emergence as a democracy has altered the United States’ relationship with and outlook on Somalia, and, CNN states, she commented specifically on the status of the diplomatic relations as follows:

We have moved into a normal sovereign-nation-to-sovereign-nation position and we have moved into an era where we are going to be a good partner, a steadfast partner, to Somalia as Somalia makes the decisions for its own future.

 

You can read the full CNN report here.

You can read the full BBC News article here.

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